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Psoriasis

Definition

Psoriasis is a chronic noncontagious, Auto-Immune skin disorder characterised by circumscribed red patches covered with white scales with severe Itching.

Environmental, genetic, immunologic and Psycho-Somatic factors appear to play a role. The disease most commonly manifests on the skin of the elbows, knees, scalp, lumbosacral areas, intergluteal clefts, and glans penis. In up to 30% of patients, the joints are also affected.

Symptoms

  • Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales
  • Itching, burning or soreness
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
  • severe dandruff with dry Scaly plaques on Scalp skin
  • Hyper Acidity
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Gastric trouble
  • Body weakness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Stress, Anxiety, depression.
Psoriasis

Types

Plaque Psoriasis

The most common form, Plaque Psoriasis causes dry, raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales with severe Itching or burning and can occur anywhere on the body, including the genitals.

Plaque Psoriasis

Guttate Psoriasis

Guttate Psoriasis is marked by small, water-drop-shaped sores on the trunk, arms, legs and scalp. The sores are covered by a fine scale and aren't as thick as typical plaques are.

Guttate Psoriasis

Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis on the scalp appears as red, itchy areas with silvery-white scales. The red or scaly areas often extend beyond the hairline.

Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis on the scalp appears as red, itchy areas with silvery-white scales. The red or scaly areas often extend beyond the hairline.

Nail Psoriasis

Psoriatic Arthritis

In addition to inflamed, scaly skin, psoriatic arthritis causes pitted, discoloured nails and the swollen, painful joints that are typical of arthritis, which can affect any joint. Although the disease usually isn't as crippling as other forms of arthritis, it can cause stiffness and progressive joint damage that in the most serious cases may lead to permanent deformity.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Other uncommon types

  • Pustular Psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis
  • Inverse Psoriasis
  • Eruptive Psoriasis

Allopathic Treatment

  • Oral Medicines as
    • Steroids as Prednisolone
    • Immunosuppressive as Methotrexate, Cyclosporine
    • Antipruritic and Antihistamines
  • Topical Medicines as
    • Corticosteroids Ointment
    • Salicylic Acid
    • Vitamin D Analogues
    • Moisturiser Etc.
  • Phototherapy as
    • UVB Phototherapy
    • Sunlight
    • Psoralen plus Ultraviolet A Etc.
Allopathic Treatment

Side effects

  • Hyper Acidity
  • Constipation
  • Acne or Boils on Skin
  • Mood Swings
  • Osteoporosis in a long term use of Steroids

Causes

  • Overuse of spices ,sour , salty food
  • Regular Consumption of INCOMPATIBLE ( virudhahar) like use of Milk with any fruits, use of Milk with Salt & Green leafy vegetables, use of onion with Curd, use of Fish with Curd or Milk Etc.
  • Overuse of foods like Jaggery, Sesame seeds, Rice Flour, potatoes,brinjal,radish,pulses except green gram & red gram,fermented food like idli,dosa,all bakery items like breads etc. Which can aggravate VATA, PITTA & KAPHA DOSHA.
  • Uncured, long term Constipation, indigestion, hyper acidity, gastric problem.
  • Taking food on uneven time.
  • Addiction like Tea, coffee, smoking, Alcohol , Tobacco.
  • Taking so much mental stress.
  • Taking sleep on uneven time.
Causes

Pathology

According to Ayurveda 7 pathological factors of Any Skin Diseases are.

  • VATA DOSHA
  • PITTA DOSHA
  • KAPHA DOSHA
  • RAS DHATU ( Plasma )
  • RAKTA DHATU ( Blood )
  • MAMSA DHATU ( Muscle or Subcutaneous TISSUES )
  • LASIKA ( Lymph )

Pathology stages

  • Due to previously described Causes VATA, PITTA & KAPHA DOSHA gets Aggravated.
  • When RASA DHATU ( Plasma ) and LASIKA ( Lymph ) gets Vitiated by aggravated DOSHAS they produces AMAVISHA ( Toxins ) which entered into the Blood Stream ( RAKTA DHATU ).
  • During its journey through Blood Stream this AMAVISHA ( Toxins ) gets deposited in MAMSA DHATU ( Subcutaneous Tissues of Skin ) where It creates Changes in the life cycle of Skin cells and Produces Autoimmune Diseases Called Psoriasis.
Pathology

Ayurveda Treatment

  • Expel out of Morbid Accumulated and Aggravated VATA, PITTA, KAPHA & AMAVISHA With the help of PANCHAKARMA Treatment like VIRECHANA, VAMANA, BASTI & LEACH THERAPY.
  • SHIRODHARA Treatment to Relieve Anxiety, Stress & Depression which are Responsible for Autoimmune Diseases.
  • Oral Ayurveda Medicines for Detoxification of Morbid DOSHA and AMAVISHA & to Stop over production of VATA, PITTA & KAPHA DOSHA.
  • Topical Applications of Ayurveda Medicated Ghee and Ointment to Moisturise the Skin & Normalise the Skin structure.
Ayurveda line of Treatment

Virechana

The most effective Panchakarma Treatment for any skin diseases.

Virechana Treatment should be continued on Regular intervals for any Skin Disease until it reaches the Curable Phase.

Virechana Treatment is Completed in following 3 Phase.

  • Snehpan ( Internal & External Oleation )
    • The patient should have medicated ghee for a period of 5- 7 days empty stomach in the morning. The following 3 days should be met with Ayurveda oil Massage and Medicated steam.
    • The Medicated Ghee, as soon as its digested, enters the blood stream and bind itself with the toxins.
    • Massage & Steam, helps the Medicated Ghee which has binded with toxins, travel to the intestines through the blood stream.
  • Recha ( Purgation )
    • The Fourth Day following after the Massage and Steam are done, The Patient Should Drink the Decoction including the Herbs like, Harde, Trivrit, Sonamukhi, Etc and Castor oil early in the morning for Purgation.
    • The Patient should have ICHHABHEDI RAS TABLET for strong purgation 1 hour after taking Decoction.
    • 1-2 hours after taking this Tablet patient shall start purgation bouts in every 15-30 minutes, This would lasts until AMAVISHA (Toxins) & Vitiated DOSHA are expelled from the body ( Same Day Till evening).
  • Samsarjana Karma
    • After getting so many bouts of Purgation Patient's Digestive Power may slow down and needs some Rest for next 3-5 days.
    • To boost the Digestive power and to Prevent Reproduction of AMAVISHA (Toxins), Patient is advised to take Very light Diet like Mung(Green Gram)Soup, Khichadi for the above mentioned Days.

Ayurveda Medicines Course

  • To Detoxify the body from AMAVISHA (Toxins) & Vitiated DOSHAS in a Small to Medium Proportion on a daily Basis.
  • To Prevent Vitiation of Doshas and Reproduction of AMAVISHA (Toxins).
  • To Boost the Immunity level.
  • To Rejuvenate the Damaged Skin Cells.

Note: Medicines course would last up to 1-3 years until Psoriasis gets Cured by its Root Cause as per individual Body Constitution and Duration of Disease manifestation.

Patient Must follow the Diet advised by the Doctor for the best achievement in particular period of time.